Door Supervisor Training
Becoming a security officer is arguably not the first choice of career for most people. Usually an event impacts on their life such as redundancy, relocation or a change in personal circumstance. Whatever the reason is the UK security industry will provide a rewarding career for those who are willing to put the effort in.
If you like the idea of keeping people safe and protecting property a security career could be perfect for you. Security officers ensure that buildings, assets or people are safe and secure by preventing theft and damage.
Night watchman? Not these days
The media has a stereo typical view on security officers by portraying inaccurate images of lazy security guards in a peak cap reading a newspaper. This is far from the case in today’s UK Security industry. Today’s modern Security Officer needs to have a wider remit than “just” security. It is our philosophy at Focused Security Services that first on Scene skills in the area of evacuation basics, first aid and fire including marshalling and practical use of fire fighting equipment are critical constituents in the DNA of the modern frontline Officer. There are other areas that require attention in the skills arsenal of the modern officer which include report writing, effective patrolling and crucially customer service.
What do you need to be a security officer in the UK Security Industry?
The modern security officer requires a multitude of skills and whilst you don’t need academic qualifications to start work as a security officer but a good standard of general education will be helpful.
Here are the main pre-requisites that employers are looking for when interviewing to fill their latest security vacancies.
1. You will need a Security Industry Authority licence for most jobs.
First and foremost you need an SIA (Security Industry Authority) Licence for most jobs in security. In order to get your SIA License you must have received professional security training. A security training course in Birmingham is run most weeks from our training academy in Yardley.
Any security training course you attend has strict guidelines and is monitored by an awarding body. In order to get one of the qualifications linked to door supervisor licensing, you will need to attend a Door Supervisor course which includes four training modules and following on from the training you must pass three exams.
The course guideline is that it may be delivered over 38 guided learning hours, 30 hours of which should be contact hours. Our Door Supervisor courses in Birmingham are delivered over a minimum of 4 FOUR days and our Awarding organisation offering these qualifications monitors Focused Security Training to ensure that our courses meet this requirement.
Be wary of cheap courses as some will have large numbers of candidates and there have been cases of malpractice resulting in SIA Licenses being revoked
Which Security Training course? Security guard or Door Supervisor?
When choosing a security training course we would advise our customers to select the Door Supervisor Training Course instead of a security guard training course. If you have a Door Supervisors license you can legally work in all of the same roles as Security Guards. In addition you can also work in licensed premises such as Pubs, Clubs, Events and festivals which Security officers will not be able to work in if alcohol is being served. Once you have an SIA Door Supervisor license you will be able to perform a far wider variety of security jobs and your chances of finding employment in the security industry will increase.
2. Previous experience
Employers will almost certainly look for previous experience but it is not essential. Make sure though that you emphasise in your CV skills from other jobs, for example you may have worked in hotel so your customer care skills will be a good thing to highlight. Read our useful tips when apply for security jobs
3. First Aid certificate
More and more security roles now require you to have a first aid certificate and if you are qualified in first aid make sure this is highlighted in your CV
4. Good command of the English language both written and oral
A security officer needs to be responsible, polite and helpful and you will need to be able to communicate successfully at all levels. You will be usually first on scene at incidents and will be dealing with local agencies such as the Police and Ambulance service. Following on from any incident you will need to write an accurate report and or witness statement. It is essential therefore that you can write in English legibly and accurately.
5. Vetting your work history
Employers will carry out checks on your personal and work history going back up to a minimum five and even ten years, so make sure you include accurate dates of previous work history in your CV. This will speed up your application process as employers can see you are easily vettable.
Security Jobs vary
As a security officer, you could work for all kinds of companies in various industry sectors. Your security job will vary depending on the industry you work in however it will almost certainly include patrolling, securing and monitoring premises, sometimes using closed circuit television (CCTV) other security jobs include:
- Securing cash or other valuables in transit such as collecting cash from ATM machines or retailers.
- Airport security – searching aircraft, passengers, luggage, and guarding the airport boundaries.
- Front of house security / concierge for a large corporate organisation.
- Mobile security officers, responding to alarm activations and checking on premises
The hours you could work will almost certainly vary, flexibility is key here so be prepared to work shifts including days, nights and weekends.
Skills and knowledge
To become a security officer, you will need to have:
- A mature and responsible attitude to work
- A polite and helpful manner
- A good level of physical fitness
- The ability to write short reports and follow written instructions
- Confidence to challenge people when necessary
- The ability to use your initiative and make quick decisions, for example to deal with unexpected situations or in an emergency
- The ability to work with technical equipment such as CCTV.
Checklist to work in the UK Security Industry
- You must be aged 18 or over
- Possess a valid SIA License
- Have a minimum 5 year checkable and stable work history (no gaps in employment history)
- The right to work in the UK
Things you might not already know…
Did you know that the private security industry has thousands of security vacancies? Once you have your SIA License you should never be out of work.
However, the quality of CV’s received by security employers are of poor quality, and they receive hundreds of CV’s a week just form one ad on a security job board. There is also a lack of skills get your first aid certificate and if possible your PSCCTV license.